Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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Welcome! If you crave the extraordinary, Active Gourmet Holidays is the perfect place to discover your next adventure. Search our site for divine active or culinary vacations (or a combination of both!), then CONTACT US and let the professionals do the legwork. We offer over 75 splendid culinary vacations from which to choose. You can be assured that the experts will make the best recommendations as to which gourmet cooking tours will best fit your needs! Active Gourmet Holidays has been in business since 2002 and is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau Online Reliability Program, IACP, Slow Food and ICTA.  Give us a call and find out why we have an A+ Rating with the BBB!


Active Gourmet Holidays offers much more than conventional vacations - rather, we provide unforgettable getaways that nourish the senses, refuel the body and replenish the spirit.


Whether it be learning to master local dishes from a renowned chef in the heart of Provence, biking amidst the spectacular red poppy fields of Chianti, or tasting fine Tuscan wines from the Brunello region, Active Gourmet Holidays offers the perfect culinary tours.


  • Sample the world's finest cuisine
  • Savor internationally renowned wines
  • Step inside different cultures

Creating Active Gourmet Holidays has allowed me to share my passions by being able to combine all of my favorite things into unique and unforgettable culinary holidays. Also, by offering outdoor activities, we afford you the opportunity to stay fit - all the while indulging in the gastronomic delicacies your palate desires!


Jo-Ann Gaidosz/Founder


  • Cooking classes for both the sophisticated and casual cook
  • Combination holidays for those who enjoy variety or for traveling companions with different interests - Cooking and Walking or Cooking and Yoga and more!
  • Visits to famous vineyards and local food producers
  • Small groups so as to offer a more intimate setting

If you have a passion for travel, enjoy the outdoors and possess a love for food and fine wines, browse our enticing selection of tempting escapes - exciting itineraries, a mix of breathtaking destinations and a varied price range. With Active Gourmet Holidays you can enjoy the hidden pleasures of a foreign land like never before!


Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!


Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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